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ImaI / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

01:00 - 21 March, 2014
ImaI / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates, Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Architects

  • Location

    Okazaki, Aichi, Japan
  • Area

    69.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates +23

Bicycle Haüs / Debartolo Architects

01:00 - 21 March, 2014
Bicycle Haüs / Debartolo Architects, © Timmerman Photography
© Timmerman Photography

© Timmerman Photography © Timmerman Photography © Timmerman Photography © Timmerman Photography +29

schmidt hammer lassen to Design Christchurch Central Library

00:00 - 21 March, 2014
schmidt hammer lassen to Design Christchurch Central Library, © schmidt hammer lassen architects
© schmidt hammer lassen architects

Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects has been selected with New Zealand-based Architectus to design the New Central Library in Christchurch. An “anchor project” for the city’s post-disaster Recovery Plan, which aims to resurrect Christchurch as a more “greener, accessible” city following the devastation of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, the new library will serve as a catalyst to attract dwellers back into the city center.

eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition Winners

01:00 - 21 March, 2014
eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition Winners, First Place: "Vernacular Versatility" / Yong Ju Lee (US). Image Courtesy of eVolo
First Place: "Vernacular Versatility" / Yong Ju Lee (US). Image Courtesy of eVolo

The winners of the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition have been announced! Established by eVolo Magazine in 2006, the competition recognizes innovative proposals for vertical living. After reviewing nearly 600 projects from 43 different countries, the jury has selected three winners and 20 honorable mentions. View them all, after the break... 

Capitol Hill House / SHED Architecture & Design

01:00 - 21 March, 2014
Capitol Hill House / SHED Architecture & Design, © Mark Woods
© Mark Woods

© Mark Woods © Mark Woods © Mark Woods © Mark Woods +20

Richard Meier Model Museum Opens at Mana Contemporary

01:00 - 20 March, 2014
Richard Meier Model Museum Opens at Mana Contemporary, © Steven Sze
© Steven Sze

Mana Contemporary is the new home to the museum of one of the most celebrated architects of our time. The Richard Meier Model Museum opened to the public on Sunday, January 12.

Gumus Su Vıllas / Cirakoglu Architects

00:00 - 20 March, 2014
Gumus Su Vıllas / Cirakoglu Architects, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden
  • Architects

  • Location

    48000 Gümüşlük, Turkey
  • Design Team

    Alisan Cirakoglu, Ilgin Avci, Deniz Yazici, Asli Ingenc, Digdem Angin
  • Area

    389.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden +24

Medieval Museum in Waterford / Waterford City Council Architects

01:00 - 20 March, 2014
Medieval Museum in Waterford / Waterford City Council Architects, © Philip Lauterbach
© Philip Lauterbach
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cathedral Square, Waterford, Ireland
  • Design Team

    Waterford City Council Architects - Rupert Maddock, Bartosz Rojowski, Agnieszka Rojowska. Currently Bartosz & Agnieszka form ROJO-Studio
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Philip Lauterbach © Philip Lauterbach © Philip Lauterbach © Philip Lauterbach +13

Playfully Reimagining Madrid's Urban Realm

01:00 - 20 March, 2014
Playfully Reimagining Madrid's Urban Realm, Courtesy of Andrés Carretero, Carolina Klocker
Courtesy of Andrés Carretero, Carolina Klocker

How often are spontaneous, primitive, radical actions implemented in large urban centres? Siempre Fiesta (or Always Party) by Andrés Carretero and Carolina Klocker was recently voted by the We-Traders community as their favourite in the recent Open Call Madrid competition. Viewing the city through children's eyes, where the order of the day is primarily playing or making, and using the concept of "free movement of our body in space" as a key driver, Carretero and Klocker developed a playful scheme that proposed filling a niche in Madrid's urban grid with sand as a way of managing the environment to create "comfortable space."

Urban Think Tank Takes on Housing in South Africa's Townships

00:00 - 20 March, 2014

Despite 20 years of government promises to improve the quality of housing following the end of apartheid, for many in South Africa's townships there has been little noticeable change. This is not to say that the South African government has not been working to meet these goals; however, the scale of the problem is so large, and with population growth and migration, the challenge is only getting greater.

That's why Urban Think Tank, in collaboration with ETH Zurich and South African NGO Ikhayalami, have worked together on a design for a more immediate, incremental solution called "Empower Shack."

The Indicator: Could Architecture Offices Abolish Hierarchy?

00:00 - 20 March, 2014
The Indicator: Could Architecture Offices Abolish Hierarchy?, Zappos is one of the biggest companies to function as a ‘holocracy’ (without a fixed staff hierarchy). Their Las Vegas headquarters utilizes communal furniture to increase team-based collaboration (according to Business Insider, ‘desks are linked but can be easily disconnected or moved, the walls are movable as well. So if a team needs to work a different way, or a new product team is formed, the space can be changed, and changed again until it works’). Image Courtesy of Zappos, via OfficeSnapshots.com
Zappos is one of the biggest companies to function as a ‘holocracy’ (without a fixed staff hierarchy). Their Las Vegas headquarters utilizes communal furniture to increase team-based collaboration (according to Business Insider, ‘desks are linked but can be easily disconnected or moved, the walls are movable as well. So if a team needs to work a different way, or a new product team is formed, the space can be changed, and changed again until it works’). Image Courtesy of Zappos, via OfficeSnapshots.com

What can architecture learn from Zappos? Yes, we’ve all heard about vegan cafés, yoga rooms, playing commando games indoors, and wearing Crocs in the office, but - more importantly - Zappos is transforming office culture in a meaningful, far-reaching way: it’s put an end to staff hierarchy. 

According to The Washington Post, Zappos is the largest company to have adopted the Holocracy principle, the brainchild of software entrepreneur-turned-management-guru Brian Roberston. Guru would be the right word because, at first glance, and maybe second or third glance, Holocracy does come off as somewhat of a cult, albeit a business management cult. It creeps me out just a little bit, but having pushed through their website, I feel a little better now, not in the least like I’ve been L. Ron Hubbarded. 

In a Holocracy, authority and responsibility are distributed across an organization in a way that is more goal-centered. As they say, “Everyone becomes a leader of their roles and a follower of others.” Still not making any sense? Old hierarchies that rely on “leaders” at the top, “followers” at the bottom, and “managers” in the middle are done away with completely. So, no more “bosses.” No more “staff.” No more “junior designer” or “senior designer.” 

House K / Stephan Maria Lang

01:00 - 20 March, 2014
House K  / Stephan Maria Lang, © Hans Kreye
© Hans Kreye

© Sebastian Kolm © Hans Kreye © Sebastian Kolm © Hans Kreye +12

Fitzgibbon Community Center / Richard Kirk Architect

01:00 - 20 March, 2014
Fitzgibbon Community Center  / Richard Kirk Architect, Courtesy of Richard Kirk Architect
Courtesy of Richard Kirk Architect
  • Architects

  • Location

    545 Roghan Road, Fitzgibbon QLD 4018, Australia
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Richard Kirk Architect

Courtesy of Richard Kirk Architect Courtesy of Richard Kirk Architect Courtesy of Richard Kirk Architect Courtesy of Richard Kirk Architect +15

House M-M / Tuomas Siitonen Office

01:00 - 20 March, 2014
House M-M / Tuomas Siitonen Office, © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

© Maija Luutonen © Maija Luutonen © Tuomas Uusheimo © Maija Luutonen +24

Nine Bridges "The Forum" / D·Lim Architects

01:00 - 20 March, 2014
© Joonhwan Yoon
© Joonhwan Yoon
  • Architects

  • Location

    Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
  • Architects in Charge

    Yeonghwan Lim, Sunhyun Kim
  • Area

    994.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon +30

EAA to Design Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

00:00 - 20 March, 2014
EAA to Design Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Chesapeake Child Development Center / Elliott + Associates Architects (Click image for more). Image © Hedrich Blessing; Scott McDonald
Chesapeake Child Development Center / Elliott + Associates Architects (Click image for more). Image © Hedrich Blessing; Scott McDonald

Elliott + Associates Architects (EAA) has been commissioned to design the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center’s new home on 4.5 acre site at NW 11 and Broadway along Automobile Alley. Once complete, the new center will serve as a “gathering place for all ages to enjoy all forms of art” in addition to providing studios for artists, whether they are dancers, painters or ceramicists. More information, here

Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome Home to be Restored as Museum

00:00 - 20 March, 2014

On April 19, Southern Illinois University will begin to restore the world’s first geodesic dome home, built by Buckminster Fuller. Originally assembled in just seven hours from 60 wooden triangle panels, the dome was occupied by Fuller and his wife, Lady Anne, in the 1960s during his residency at SIU. After Fuller’s death, the dome was used as student housing before falling into disrepair. In 2001, the home was donated to a non-profit that had it listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. It will now be restored and preserved as a museum in Carbondale. 

Cut and Frame / Ashton Porter Architects

01:00 - 20 March, 2014
Cut and Frame  / Ashton Porter Architects, © Andy Stagg
© Andy Stagg

© Andy Stagg © Andy Stagg © Andy Stagg © Andy Stagg +21